Quinoa Salad Cups

Sweet and tangy dressing makes this honey mustard-spiked quinoa salad easy on the palate. Serve it as a side dish or as a light meatless main.

Quinoa Salad Cups
Servings: 4 Yield: cups Prep 20 mins Start to Finish 30 mins


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (1/4 teaspoon if using broth)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 4 leaves butter lettuce

Make It

1. Place quinoa in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, and cook, swirling often until the quinoa crackles and is fragrant and toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour quinoa into a fine mesh sieve and rinse under running water until no-longer foamy. Return the quinoa to the saucepan, cover with broth or water, season with salt, and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer, and cook until the water has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Whisk honey and Dijon in a large bowl. Set aside two tablespoons of the mixture. Whisk vinegar, olive oil, shallot and pepper into the honey mustard in the large bowl. Add the quinoa, carrot, raisins and pine nuts and toss to coat with the dressing.

3. Place lettuce on four plates. Mound salad into lettuce cups. Drizzle the reserved honey mustard over the quinoa salad.


  • If you've purchased pre-rinsed quinoa, no need to rinse it again in Step 1.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 358, Fat, total (g): 12, chol. (mg): , sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 58, Monounsaturated fat (g): 5, Polyunsaturated fat (g): 5, Trans fatty acid (g): , fiber (g): 5, sugar (g): 24, pro. (g): 8, vit. A (IU): 5353, vit. C (mg): 3, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 94, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 328, Potassium (mg): 581, calcium (mg): 55, iron (mg): 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.